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Jemile Weeks, Gio Gonzalez earn honors; Willingham might play vs. Texas Rangers

Here’s the latest on another very warm day at the Coliseum …

A couple of individual awards came the A’s way Tuesday, as second baseman Jemile Weeks was named the American League’s co-Rookie of the Month along with Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez earned AL co-Player of the Week honors with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista. It’s the sixth time an A’s player has earned Rookie of the Month, but Weeks is just the second  position player to do it. Shortstop Bobby Crosby was honored in June 2004.

It’s impressive in that this truly was Weeks’ first month in the major leagues. He’s hitting .299 with 13 runs and six stolen bases in 25 games since being called up June 7, providing a jolt of excitement immediately upon his arrival. But I’ll be interested to see what happens with him once cleanup man Josh Willingham returns from the DL. I would think Hideki Matsui goes back to the No. 3 spot, Coco Crisp returns to leadoff and Weeks might drop back down to the No. 9 spot. I think that makes for an overall stronger batting order. Where would you like to see Weeks hit once Willingham comes back? …

–Speaking of Willingham, he’s been running for the past couple days and is doing well enough that both he and manager Bob Melvin think he could return sometime during the four-game series at Texas that begins Thursday. “Cautiously optimistic” is how Melvin characterized things. Willingham said the key is how his strained Achilles responds AFTER he’s done running. That’s when he still experiences problems. “If it continues to get better, I’ll play in Texas,” he said.

–Check out this all-encompassing review of the Oakland Coliseum, courtesy of www.stadiumjourney.com. Do you agree with the points made? Disagree? Feel free to share …

The lineups:

A’s – Weeks 2B, Sizemore 3B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Jackson 1B, DeJesus RF, Suzuki C, Sweeney LF, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.

Mariners – Ichiro DH, Ryan SS, Kennedy 3B, Smoak 1B, Ackley 2B, Olivo C, Peguero LF, Guiterrez CF, Halman RF; Hernandez RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    How dare they gain recognition for their play. Don’t they know that they’re supposed to toil in obscurity? If they keep this up, then they’re going to have to be flipped sooner than later.

  • wesley strzegowski

    Another loss and now we’re headed for 20 games under 500 ball. This is a mark of a lousy organization. And now our record supports it. It does not get better. The downward spiral is now in effect.

    We will get our kicks when they are spoilers in September.

  • Larry

    Does this mean Gio and Jemile are now trade bait for Billy and Lewie?

  • Larry

    Does this mean Gio and Jemile are now trade bait for Billy and Lewie so the A’s can get more “prospects” and keep the cycle going?

  • Larry

    I love the A’s, but Billy and Lewie have them operating as the AAA’s

  • Larry

    To Billy & Lewie,

    Build a winning team and they will come. It’s not the stadium stupied, it’s the crappy team!

  • Marc

    The crappy ownership pulled another fast one this year. Those $5 16 oz beers from last year are now 12 oz…..so the joke here is you can get a 24 oz for $8.25. You do the math, these owners continue to screw us. These $5 beers are no longer a deal, they are an absolute ripoff.

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey Wes, I think you’re fulfilling the role as Troll, but what’s your agenda? Did Lew do you wrong in a business transaction?

    wesley strzegowski Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This will be my last message. Today’s loss confirmed that this year’s team is beyond hope. I wish die hard fans the best.

    Wes the east coast fan who has lost his loyalty to a once great organization. There is no A’s pride in this team.

  • wesley strzegowski

    Jan: LOL. Just a frustrated A’s fan. been onE since they were in kc. Once they moved to Oakland, I signed a contract with the devil for the great 70′s and exciting 80′s. my agenda is to curse the A’s back into an exciting team again.

    Now that I’m 69, the devil will not let me sign another contract.
    I got my baseball hit today watching the Yanks lose to TB.